Standing water on newly planted fields

Many farmers are dealing with standing water on recently planted fields.

Illinois farmer Jake Lieb has been battling the weather throughout the spring.

“Planted into it a little wetter than we’d like.”  He says, “Then we got hammered with four inches of rain in like two hours. I mean, the whole field was underwater for several hours and then, you know, the ponds were full for a couple of days.”

Pioneer agronomist Matt Montgomery tells Brownfield there has been research into submerged crops.

“We know that if you’re sitting in the upper 70’s, if it’s underwater, you get maybe a day’s worth of survival.”  He says, “If it’s less than 70, you can survive actually a few days submerged.”

Montgomery says evaluating the crop’s root system is also important, and he says other impacts, like “crazy top,” can show up later in the growing season.

“If we have any indication that mud and other stuff kind of found its way into that whirl, well then we’re probably going to talk crazy top late season.”  He says, “That will have a sizable hit on yield that we’ll need to consider for replant.”

Montgomery says it’ll be well into June before some of the worst impacted fields could potentially be replanted. 

AUDIO: Pioneer agronomist Matt Montgomery

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